Conservative MEP Caroline Jackson told reporters that more needed to be done in the UK to make recycling easier and more accessible.
Weve got to have a very, very good recycling system that is understandable and easy to use.
One of the things we lack is recycling points. In other European countries there are more recycling points in the streets and at public places such as bus stations, Jackson said.
She said the UK would need to ensure it had a good recycling system in place before introducing a scheme such as variable charging for waste, adding that this would need to be implemented at national or county by county level, using a unitary area approach.
Jackson, who was also the EP rapporteur for the EU landfill directive, has set out ten lessons the UK should learn from its European neighbours in her report: Britains Waste: the lessons we can learn from Europe.